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The Chien-Ming Wang era for the Blue Jays begins tonight (rain pending), and that would sure be an exciting thing if this was the era of new Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson movies and Arrested Development seasons, but sadly this is 2013, and those dusty relics of the cultural past are as tired as Wang’s fastball, which averaged at 89.4 mph in his 30-odd innings for the Nationals last year, according to Pitch F/X, down from 93.7 at his peak.

But hey, for a team that’s run out more starters than any other in baseball so far this season, at least he’s not Aaron Laffey. Or Ramon Ortiz. Or Esmil Rogers. Or Sean Nolin. Or Ricky Romero. Or Chad Jenkins. Or R.A. Dickey.

Amiright?

The weather may prevent the era from beginning, though, as Mike Wilner provided this bit of bad news around 5 PM ET– granted, still three hours from the scheduled first pitch:

Fingers crossed! Or… I don’t know, whatever.

Scuttlebutt

John Lott tweets that Luis Perez, less than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, made a rehab start for Dunedin last night, pitching two scoreless

“Last time Jays used more than 12 starters Pete Walker pitched & Buck Martinez managed,” tweets Benny Fresh. “Wang becomes 12th starter of season for Jays.”

Richard Griffin notes some guys getting in early work today: J.P. Arencibia and Sal Fasano were in the bullpen working on mechanics, and Brandon Morrow did some long toss before his bullpen session. In a separate tweet he adds that Josh Thole was working with Fasano– the club’s roving catching instructor– as well, and that Jose Reyes was on the field.

Scott MacArthur of TSN tweets a pic of Jose Reyes, who indeed looks like he’s getting close to game shape.

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.comAnd for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app

Toronto Blue Jays

LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
3B Mark DeRosa (R)
CF Rajai Davis (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
2B Maicer Izturis (S)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)

RHP Chien-Ming Wang

Chicago White Sox

CF Alejandro de Aza (L)
SS Alexei Ramirez (R)
RF Alex Rios (R)
DH Paul Konerko (R)
1B Adam Dunn (L)
LF Dayan Viciedo (R)
3B Connor Gillaspie (L)
2B Gordon Beckham (R)
C Tyler Flowers (R)

LHP Jose Quintana

Comments (616)

  1. I hope the next Wang post / game threat is accompanied by a Martin Prince “Wang Computers” photo … considering the level of DJF Simpsons knowledge I was a bit disappointed.

  2. When JPA is batting 8th ahead of Kawasaki (after Reyes and Lawrie get back) he’s going to look a lot better. The glaring weaknesses in his game are magnified by how far up the lineup he’s been placed.

    Is it Dickey, Buehrle, Johnson, Wang and Rogers until someone gets hurt again? With Jenkins the first one to come back up?

  3. “No one cares about strikeouts other than people that aren’t in the game. People who understand baseball understand that strikeouts, for myself, really don’t mean as much. For me, I’ll strike out however many times if at the end of the year you’re sitting there with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs.”

    gg jp

    • Yes JP, when you’re not in the ‘game’ it’s tough for us low lifes to wrap our heads around what a strike out is.

      If this guy would shut the fuck up the world would be a better place. I would love to see him sent down one day just to give his ego a kick in the nuts.

    • He didn’t actually say this…., did he!?

      • He did say that. You’d think as a ‘catcher’ he’d realize that if you are a guy that never takes a walk, pitchers have no reason to ever throw you a strike.

      • I thought this quote was from awhile ago though….maybe he’s changed his tune since

    • yeah it was up on the duce the other day.

      i’m sure his numbers are great for the ones that he actually gets a glove on.

    • Well I guess at least we don’t have John Buck.

      I would like to know which catcher is leading the league for runs scored due to errors and passed balls.

  4. That was a legit donnybrook last night in the dodgers dbacks game
    our old friend turner ward was getting shoved like a rag doll.

  5. Game today is postponed.

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